27.11.15

SHARDS OF HOPE, by Nalini Singh

14/series in the Psy-changeling series. Fantastic shapeshifter culture doesn't get more carefully thought-out than this intricate earth-set series. This novel focuses on the life and changing culture of the Arrows, an elite force once used by the ruling power cabal as enforcers. Now, under the guidance of Aden Kai, their culture will change to one allowing emotion, long forbidden. For some, change will come. But for others, it's not only impossible but threatening, both in the force and in the world at large. When Aden wakes in a dark cellar, he find his badly-beaten Commander, Zaira, huddled in a corner. Click below for more...

THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben

A stand-alone novel by the master of contemporary suburban angst, average Joe protagonists, and all-too-human villains, Coben has once again come up with an unexpected plot and a multitude of twists. At the American Legion bar, a stranger approaches Adam Price and tells him a secret. Adam quickly realizes the stranger, who won't reveal his name, knows a lot about his wife, Corinne. And the details ring true. Adam, an attorney, family man, father of two boys and loving husband of Corinne, must confront his wife with the revealed secret. But her reaction isn't what he'd expected. Click below for more no-spoiler review...

26.11.15

BORDER-LINE, by Liza Marklund

8/series starring Swedish reporter Annika Bengtzon. English language translation by Neil Smith. When a young woman is found murdered in the woods behind a day-care center, reporter Bengtzon wonders if it isn't the work of a serial killer. A colleague, ever watchful for sensational stories, runs with it, and discovers other murders with the same MO. As Bengtzon mulls over the possibility of it being the women's boyfriends, she gets news that her husband, Thomas, attending a conference in Kenya, has been kidnapped by an Islamist cadre. Click below for more...

7.11.15

REBEL QUEEN, by Michelle Moran

A good tale for the lover of little-known history. Illuminating a largely unpublicized episode in the British Empire's mid-eighteenth century conquest of India, this fascinating story of young Queen Lakshmi of Jhansi will pin you to your seat. Told by Lakshmi's guard and confidante, Sita, a member of the all-female troop assigned to keep the queen safe, it contrasts the naive goodness of the young warrior with the intrigue both at court and by the British. Nobody comes off very well, of course; this is empire-building at its bloodiest and most unforgiving. Click below for more...

3.11.15

KILL MY DARLING, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

4/series starring Detective Inspector Bill Slider and his team. Set in central London's Shepherd's Bush area, Slider investigates the disappearance of a young woman who walked out of her house one evening and vanished into thin air. Slider and his crew know young women often vanish for a day or two, then turn up with a perfectly reasonable explanation. But this time, beautiful Melanie Hunter is found, dead of a blow to the head, in a London area park. Click below for more...

BLOOD NEVER DIES, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

15/Bill Slider series, set in London's Shepherd's Bush area. The body of a handsome man is found in the bathtub of a a mean attic apartment. Suicide? Except for one little detail, Slider's team might have thought so. But the victim is left-handed, and the angle of the cut across the jugular is all wrong. Then Slider's team discovers the man's identification is bogus. Thus opens an intricate and fascinating plot of undercover investigation, drug dealing, grisly murder and revenge. Click below for more...